As an early childhood educator, you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of young children. Our online Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate can help you lay the foundation for a career as an educator working with young children in as few as nine to 12 months.1 Throughout your Early Childhood Education Certificate online courses, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create a positive and thriving learning environment for your students. Our ECE programs do not prepare students for licensed teaching positions in any public school setting, but students will have the opportunity to help shape the futures of young children from birth to age eight in a child care and non-public school setting or leadership role. You may also choose between the Field Experience or Exploration track (based on the state in which you live) to benefit from hands-on early childhood education training and relevant experience.
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What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?
Academically Prepared for the CDA
This program's Early Childhood Education courses are aligned to the standards of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Students will be academically prepared to apply for the CDA Credential.
Advance Your Education
Rasmussen College’s ladder curriculum allows you to easily transfer your credits toward an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon receiving your Associate's degree, you can transfer those credits toward an ECE Bachelor’s degree.
Pursue Potential Job Growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the yearly projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for childcare workers is 6%.2 Enhanced skills and knowledge from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.
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What Skills Will I Gain?
Use your knowledge and skills to work with young children from birth to age eight in a child care and non-public school setting.
Ability to Adapt
Help children learn and develop their skills and knowledge in a variety of entry-level roles and settings.
Planning and Reflection
Based on real, practical experiences in your courses, you will observe and implement developmentally appropriate practices while interacting with children and adults.
Value the ability to effectively communicate in a variety of situations, from the workplace to your communities and families whose children are in your care.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- EEC 1202
- 4 Credits
- EEC 1700
- 4 Credits
- EEC 2613
- 4 Credits
Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction
Promotes the development of young children in the academic, social and emotional domains. Examines developmentally appropriate methods for writing and assessing behavioral objectives, lesson plans and activity goals.
Foundations of Child Development
Explores characteristics of children at different ages, children’s developmental needs and the foundation of early childhood education. You'll learn the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate practices as it relates to child development, individual needs, building self-esteem in children and using interposal skills and communication within the classroom and center.
Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Explores effective strategies for observation and assessment in early childhood education. You'll learn to understand the observation, assessment and planning cycle and its impact on promoting children’s development.
11 Courses to Complete
36 Credit Hours
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
There's no application fee and you can get started sooner with 8 start dates throughout the year.
Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Education vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Prospective students who hold a current CDA Credential may be eligible to waive or transfer up to 12 credits into this Early Childhood Education program. Talk to an admissions advisor today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.
Where Can I Find an Online Early Childhood Education Program Near Me?
At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find an online Early Childhood Education program near you.
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2019. Accessed by 7/15/2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm